BUBBLY 22-year-old Elle Harrison was convinced she couldn't cook and was about to humiliate herself and her brother Jake on national television.
Fast-forward a few months and the Minyama siblings are the youngest contestants in My Kitchen Rules history to make the competition's grand final.
Jake said the announcement of their place in the grand final was "definitely one of my proudest moments".
"I can't describe it. It's just the best feeling," the 20-year-old said.
"I got goosebumps. It is an achievement of grandeur."
The siblings will be competing in an all-Queensland grand final against Hervey Bay couple Dan and Steph.
Jake and Elle have continually wowed both the judges and the crowds throughout the competition, scoring themselves two people's choice awards as well as the highest score in MKR history in their only sudden-death cook-off.
They acknowledged that Dan and Steph would be tough to beat but were excited to compete against fellow Queenslanders.
"We both want each other to succeed which makes it special," Elle said.
Communication between the siblings will be just as crucial as their food as they attempt to take out the title.
"We are definitely so close we can almost read each other's mind, but when Jake is under pressure, he stops talking which makes me so frustrated," she said.
After wowing the judges with their three-course meal last night, Elle said the hard est part in preparing their five-course menu for Sunday's showdown was being able to top what they had already cooked.
"What we did was pretty amazing and now to make something even better is going to be really hard," she said.
Jake said, "We want to cook highly technical food that tastes delicious but is very Jake and Elle and we just want to make our parents proud."
Win or lose, they couldn't be prouder of how they spent their time in the competition. And not only have their culinary skills improved but also their bond.
"We are just two peas in a pod now," Jake said. "I learnt that I can trust her more."
Elle agreed: "I've found Jake opens up a lot more to me now, which I love.
"If we win, great. But if we come second, we are so proud of ourselves and we're so happy."
Regardless of Sunday's outcome, the duo has a cookbook and ice-cream range in the works.
The My Kitchen Rules grand final is on Sunday at 6.30pm on Seven.
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